FIA World Rally Championship

Mikkelsen in the hunt for stage wins as Hyundai enter ‘crucial’ 2018 Rally de España

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Andreas Mikkelsen - Hyundai
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Andreas Mikkelsen will be hoping to build on his strong run of form over the last three events which has seen him finish sixth twice and a fifth place in Turkey as the championship battle heads in to the twilight.

While the Norweigian cannot finish any higher than fourth the the championship, he can play a major part in the Manufacturers’ championship as Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team aim to close the gap to the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT squad, who are twenty points ahead.

“We have made important steps in the past few rallies, which have not really been reflected in our overall results.” said Mikkelsen.

“The feeling and rhythm I have had with the i20 Coupe WRC has allowed me to pick up stage wins and to fight at the top end of the field. This is greatly encouraging.”

Mikkelsen will be hoping to reignite the fond memories of Spain having taken his first victory in 2015 in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, unfortunately the last two outings for Mikkelsen in Spain haven’t proved as succesful, a roll in 2016 put him out of the rally, and in 2017 he suffered suspension and intercom issues, eventually finishing down in eighteenth place.

“Rally Spain could be good for us. I feel that we have made some improvements on tarmac in preparation for this event. We have to see if all our homework pays off. It will be a crucial rally for the championship, so we have to be on top of our game.” he adds.

The 54. RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada 2018 gets under way on Thursday 25 October with the crowd favourite Barcelona city stage returning to the event.

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